10 best holiday and day out ideas – plus get £40 to spend at Disneyland Paris

We’ve rounded up some unforgettable destinations and attractions for you and your friends and family to enjoy in 2022

Enjoy a holiday of a lifetime at Disneyland Paris

If you’re looking for holiday or days out inspiration we’ve got some first class ideas for you below.

We’ve pulled together some brilliant options for all the family both at home and abroad.

From an exciting vacation in Disneyland Paris to walking the Skywalk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, we’ve handpicked a range of holidays and days out.

So read on and click on the links for more information or to book up today!

Support independent hotels with holiday bookings

Support independent hotels with Best Western

Forget the same old boring, bland hotels. Best Western is proud to champion independence and individuality and can offer more than 290 uniquely different places to stay, be it near castles, in cities, surrounded by countryside or on the coast. When you book with Best Western, you support independent hotels and small businesses. Best Western calls this ‘Booking Good’ and thanks you for choosing to stay in their hotels, as your booking makes a big difference. By joining the Best Western Rewards scheme you can earn points to redeem on stays and gift cards, and also take advantage of the lowest prices when you book directly with the company. Book direct, join Best Western Rewards, and learn more at bestwestern.co.uk/bookinggood

Cruise around Europe with great last-minute deals

Go on a river cruise with Avalon Waterways

Looking to sail away sooner rather than later? Say yes to new discoveries and let the countdown to your next river cruise begin. Discover Avalon’s hand-picked selection of last-minute river cruises, with all the comfort, luxury and service you could desire. Whether you’re looking to see the sights of Budapest, sail alongside tulips in the Netherlands, or soak up the sounds of Vienna, why wait? Don’t miss the boat — get a great last-minute deal. With late deals available for cruises on the Danube, Rhine and many more, you can soak up the sights of Europe and settle into one of Avalon’s Deluxe Staterooms or Panorama Suites while cruising the world’s most inspiring rivers. Traveling alone? Single guests can take advantage of Avalon’s late deals, too. Call 0330 808 8336 or visit avalonwaterways.co.uk

Enjoy a day out at a historic castle

Go back in time at Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle will entertain and amaze. With its riveting history as the home of six of England’s medieval queens, to its transformation into an elegant 20th-century retreat by Anglo-American heiress Lady Baillie, Leeds Castle’s rich heritage has secured its place as one of the most visited historic attractions in Britain . From April 2022, visitors are invited to one of Lady Baillie’s 1930s house parties, as her guests and her staff prepare for the weekend ahead, when music, dancing and dangerous liaisons are the order of the day. Leeds Castle is picturesque in all seasons, with over 500 acres of stunning parklands, and is somewhere children’s imagination can run wild as they zipwire across the playgrounds. To view the exhilarating events program for 2022 and discover a whole range of captivating activities for all ages and interests to enjoy, visit leeds-castle.com to plan your adventure today.

A fun day out, 1,400 years in the making

Discover history at Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral’s thrilling history spans more than 1,400 years, standing witness to the stories that have shaped England. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury is the resting place of saints and royalty. You can enjoy the cathedral in all its glory on a guided tour. Whether you wish to admire its medieval stained-glass windows — including those believed to be the oldest in Britain — marvel at carved tombs or explore the stunning cloisters and green spaces, you’ll have plenty of options. You can even spend the night in the cathedral grounds at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, a unique contemporary hotel. A Kids Go Free offer, and new visitor experiences, such as guided tours and a major new exhibition of artifacts including the battle armor of medieval warrior Edward the Black Prince and fragments of Thomas Becket’s shrine, mean now is the perfect time to visit. Find out more at canterbury-cathedral.org

Visit Disneyland Paris with discounted tickets

Enjoy a holiday of a lifetime at Disneyland Paris

As Disneyland® Paris celebrates its 30th Anniversary, now is the perfect time to discover, or rediscover, all its magic and enjoy exciting new shows, experiences, and festivities. For the full Disneyland Paris experience, stay at the heart of the magic in one of the on-site Disney® Hotels. Choose between Disney’s various packages offering superb value for money or build your own bespoke package by mixing your Disney Hotel with your choice of ticket duration. At AttractionTickets.com, you can receive up to €50 (£40) Disney Spending Money and 10 free prints of your holiday photos with every Hotel & Ticket package. Just a £50 deposit secures your booking. Call AttractionTickets.com’s Disneyland Paris experts on 0800 221 8012.

Enter the land of the dinosaurs with the whole family

Enjoy a fun day out for all the family at Dino Kingdom

Gunnersbury Park becomes Jurassic Park this Easter half-term, making for a fun day out for the whole family. From 1-18 April, the creators of the award-winning Lightopia Festival bring Dino Kingdom to London for the first time ever. Dino Kingdom brings you moving dinosaurs, with state-of-the-art 3D and photo-realistic animatronics. An educational experience as much as an adventure, visitors will encounter a 20ft-long dinosaur with internal, illuminated 3D mapping to show the anatomy of the Jurassic creature. Let the kids’ artistry run wild with an AR activity where they get to draw their very own dinosaur; then simply scan it to be brought to life immediately. Tickets start from £12, use the code DKM15 to save an extra 15%. Offer valid until 18 April 2022

Find out more at dinokingdom.com

Enjoy a day at the races with the whole family

Enjoy a day at the races at Haydock Park

Haydock Park is the perfect place to treat yourself, your family and friends to an exciting day of racing fun, with race days throughout the summer from April to September. Fixtures come thick and fast during the flat season, so enjoy a day out at the races with a hospitality package where you could enjoy a meal at the course’s fine-dining restaurant or even watch the races from your own private box. This summer’s many highlights include July’s three-day Old Newton Cup Festival, featuring live music from Paloma Faith, as well as the Rose of Lancaster Carnival with Ladies Day in August. Find out more at thejockeyclub.co.uk/haydock

Experience the capital from new heights

See London from new heights at Dare Skywalk

The Dare Skywalk offers an unparalleled London adventure at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that fuels excitement and tests the nerves. The name takes its inspiration from Spurs’ motto, ‘To Dare is to Do’, and aims to challenge the brave at every step of an exhilarating journey. Adventure seekers can choose between day and night climbs from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for panoramic views of the London skyline, with live music on some afternoon climbs throughout April. Meet at Basecamp before scaling the side of the stadium onto the Skywalk viewing deck, where you’ll experience some of the best views of the city before venturing out over the exposed glass apex — a jaw-dropping 150ft above the pitch. Find out more at experience.tottenhamhotspur.com

Go back in time with an unforgettable immersive experience

Relive a historic event with Gunpowder Plot

In collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, Layered Reality presents The Gunpowder Plot. Set to be one of the biggest attractions to open in the capital this year, the experience has already received rave reviews, with Time Out magazine labeling it as “one of the absolute best things to do around the world in 2022”. Opening on 6 May 2022, the experience takes place in a purpose-designed immersive theater space in the Tower Vaults — opposite the Tower of London — which was last accessible to the public two decades ago. This Layered Reality experience combines the latest digital tech, such as virtual reality, with live theater and real physical sensations to create a unique immersive event that’s truly memorable. Book before the end of April and save £10 TRAILER10 online at gunpowderimmersive.com

Discover the history of Inverness and Loch Ness

Discover Scottish wildlife with Visit Inverness

Explore Scotland’s majestic, untamed landscapes by boot, bike or paddle and seek out the undiscovered paths of Inverness and Loch Ness. Learn tales of fiddlers and fairies, illicit whiskey stills and rebellion as you meander through the glens, under towering pine forests and across heather-scented moors teeming with wildlife. For those who love history, wander among ancient palaces, walk in the haunting footsteps of soldiers across Culloden battlefield or explore sacred burial cairns in the vibrant Clava woodlands. Plan your visit now at visitinvernesslochness.com

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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